Thursday, April 27, 2017

ESPN Layoffs Have Bay Area Connection; Ex-Comcast Star Jaymee Sire Gets The Axe; KGO Sends Thurston Back To Weekend Slot; 7-10 PM M-F Gets Muddled; Thursday Nuggets

Image result for espn layoffs 2017 JAYMEE SIRE --one of the members of the  ESPN bloodbath ...was a former Bay Area Comcast Sports personality. She was considered a "star" and up-and-comer destined for TV Sports greatness.


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Jaymee Sire
Didn't matter though. Sire got her walking papers like a hundred others.

The ESPN purge is not surprising given the overall state of broadcast TV/radio media. Those who were once considered untouchable no matter the state of the business are now no longer safe.



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Pat Thurston
Well-known, established personalities who make the big bucks here (although they're few) are gearing up for the inevitable notice from the boss. "Can I see you in my office?," they will bellow. Dread ensues.

*Pat Thurston is no longer the 7-10 PM, M-F host on KGO Radio (she'll be moving back to her weekend gig --Sat. and Sunday evening and afternoon) Albatross KGO is cutting again, thanks to Cumulus. We'll know more of the specifics later on but yes, it appears John Rothmann has been screwed.

*The weeknight 7-10 PM slot on KGO, I'm hearing through the grapevine, is primed for an hour, taped bore-a-thon with one of the daytime stiffs ..the other two hours? I don't know and I don't care.

*It's not so much the misdirection at KPIX exists; that's a common occurrence in today's TV News business; it's the lack of a cohesive plan; it's having no concrete map out for the future. What you have now at 855 Battery is a building full of mediocrity personified. New reporters galore who look like Nordstrom sales clerks. Vanilla anchors with no passion. A News Director who really isn't a TV guy resting on his newspaper laurels --no wonder Bruno Cohen left the Titanic.


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Jessica Castro
*I'm a big Jessica Castro fan. Sure, she exudes a lot of superficial fluff on ABC7 (KGO) but she seems to possess a lot of regale on the air. She can light up a room. I wouldn't be surprised if she landed soon at one of the big cable outlets.

*A very prominent KGO -TV News veteran has been absent from the building for quite a while. The word on the street is that she's royally pissed off. A potential battle royale looms large at 900 Front.

*2 Black on-air people at PIX. Two. The union might be sending out a memo.

*Stay away from Berkeley today.


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24 comments:

  1. This is awful news. I'm off to work, but will check in later. I heard Pat's last hour. I'm going to miss John sooo much, as I believe are many. If you check KGO's schedule, they have techonomics and best of Ethan Bearman in the Saturday night timeslot. These people (KGO management) are total idiots, every time they make a somewhat intelligent decision, they screw it up big time later, and we the listeners loose big time.

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  2. I'll bet that Sire lands on her feet. Preferably in the Bay Area.

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  3. I can't understand it at all...I saw the post last night, guess you jumped the gun...think I heard you on Pat's show. I am so sad and extremely angry. The last thing we need is more of Ethan Bearman and the obnoxious sidekicks...both Ethan and the chipmunks have voices and opinions best left for print media. And, Chip Franklin...horrible, yes, if the Titanic was going down, he'd ask is your mother aware of when you first had sex. Ronnnnnnnnnnn's show is getting worse and worse...should take him off and put Pat and John as a duo in his place. And words cannot describe the morning idiots. When I think of the way they have raped this station and continue to do so, it does make me cry.

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  4. Ezra in HealdsburgApril 27, 2017 at 11:56 AM

    Very sad day at KGO. Reminds me of when I lost my coupons before I went to the store and I couldn't get the discount on the ham. Very sad.

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  5. I can see KCBS using Jaymee on traffic with Henry while sadly using rambling retreads and lightweights on sports:(

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    1. No George Rask is back,

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  6. It will be interesting to see where the castaways land. Can't imagine Jaymee Sire coming back to the Bay Area. NBCSNBA/CSNBA/WTFE (what the f*** ever) is downsizing. Nobody watches their sports reports which are really commercials for the teams they support. Jaymee likes to cook. Maybe The Food Network.

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    1. And the Bay Area is an expensive place in which to live.

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  7. Pat and John are the only hosts I like out of this sad lineup.

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  8. What is KCBS doing? Damn idiots. How can they put Henry in traffic. Hey dumbasses Wofford is way better than the clowns you're using in Sports. Did someone hit their damn head in that office? What is going on morons? As for Jaymee, she's a true professional. I always enjoyed her Giants reporting. Maybe CSN can make room for her because their current roster of women seem dumb and aloof. Kelly Johnson is way out of her league hosting the Happy Hour. Unwatchable.

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  9. Not so fast Rich; I believe that KGO is getting John Rothmann ready for daily 7-10PM or a replacement for Ronn. If I am correct you will owe me a beer.

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    1. I certainly hope so. I really don't know what management at KGO are thinking, guess they are not thinking. Tonight they had Ethan Bearman on for a least the two last hours, didn't hear the first one, probably didn't miss anything. I would think John had pretty good rating, there was no shortage of callers, and most of them voiced their opinion that the would love John to be a regular host.I can't even listen to more than 10 minutes or so of the beginning of Ethan's show, I'm sure as hell not going to listen to one of his re runs. Ronn and Brian take some beatings on this blog, I have always like Brian, although it depends on his subject, I use to like Ronn a lot (although John Rothmann and Gene Burns was my favorites). Frankly with all the re run and boring hosts with nothing to say, Ronn sounds better and better.

      P.S. Rich do you know what John's ratings were, compared to Pat's. Do you know Ronn's ratings?

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  10. If KPIX does hire some other black on-air reporters, could one of them replace Da Lin? He still has trouble keeping eye
    contact with the camera during live shots. Sadly, Emily Turner
    has now gotten the Da syndrome. While reporting on 4/20 day in GG Park, she continually looked down while gathering her thoughts. The best field reporter in the Bay Area is Amy Holyfield. When I'm sitting on my couch, it seems she is talking directly to me and that should be in the job description.

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    1. Consider all of that weed smoke wafting around on 4/20, and the potential for a contact high from said. If I were reporting from that environment, I wouldn't be looking down, I'd be falling down!

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  11. I was wondering if any of these newly unemployed Sports Personalities might wind up taking jobs in the local sports media-stations, maybe replacing some of your personal "favorite" personalities?

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  12. I stay away from Berkeley everyday.

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  13. My real estate professor said on the first day, "If you learn nothing else in this class, don't buy real estate in Berkeley."

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  14. There's no way CSN takes another ESPN castoff. Phony Feldy is enough to deal with. Yuck!

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  15. Don't be surprised if KGO runs infomercials in the 8 pm to 10 pm slot.

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    1. They already are. That's what Ethan Bearman is doing.

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  16. Do not put Thurston on weekends either. She just sucks. Rothmann or Karel or anybody else is better. She sounds like a whiny high-pitched shrieking child. Unbearable to listen to. KGO got it right on this one.

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    1. Karel sounds like the whiny child and is so full of himself. He was okay with his partner Andrew back in his KFI days. Pat's voice is fine, she doesn't suck, is a great interviewer and deserves a full-time gig.

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    2. Pat Thurston, the "progressive" voice would do well to learn how to breathe while talking, get the high end screeching under control. It would take some voice lessons, not all that difficult. The point of view, which is predictably anti-American is another issue.

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  17. Also a fan of Jessica Castro since she comes across as intelligent and not simply a news reader. I like the others except for Reggie who does not add much. I looks like Natasha is annoyed with him sometimes.

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